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12/04/2010 05:56:46 AM · #1
Hi

I took this photo after a thunder storm in Tasmania and love it but feel it needs touching up to make it better.

Please can you let me know or edit it to show me know what you would do to it to improve it.

I have had a go and think I have done ok but would love to know what others think!

Unfortunately I didnt change the settings on my camera so it was not taken in brilliant quality but hey ho, on we go!

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Thanks in advance for your help
Caz
12/04/2010 06:23:42 AM · #2
A bit of Topaz denoise and adjust..

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12/04/2010 06:36:55 AM · #3
A bit of Godzilla...

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12/04/2010 06:49:29 AM · #4
i just lol'd
12/04/2010 07:16:43 AM · #5
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

A bit of Godzilla...


Wow, thanks for that but I was looking for something that I might be able to print and put up on my lounge room wall!

Can you be a bit more supportive and helpful?
12/04/2010 08:24:43 AM · #6
Originally posted by supanova:

Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

A bit of Godzilla...


Wow, thanks for that but I was looking for something that I might be able to print and put up on my lounge room wall!

Can you be a bit more supportive and helpful?


This made me laugh more then the picture!

You will receive plenty of 'proper' edits, of which I'm sure one will be good enough for your wall, Art's edit is for laughs, take it in good humour :)
12/04/2010 08:31:53 AM · #7
This part of your photo caught my eye. It's a zoom-in, enhanced:

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12/04/2010 09:32:58 AM · #8
,,,

Message edited by author 2010-12-04 09:34:02.
12/04/2010 09:41:33 AM · #9
Originally posted by supanova:

Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

A bit of Godzilla...


Wow, thanks for that but I was looking for something that I might be able to print and put up on my lounge room wall!

Can you be a bit more supportive and helpful?

I've suddenly lost the desire to help.
12/04/2010 09:53:33 AM · #10
In all sincerity -

While I'm at work an unable to play w/ it in photoshop, I don't see any sort of post-processing that could save the photo. Some photos just cannot be saved - like ones that are blurry, out of focus, or noisy.

Maybe the full-sized original could be changed somehow, but not a 800x500 photo - there's just not enough info.
12/04/2010 10:45:06 AM · #11
I have been doing a lot of overlays lately so I gravitated towards that. Topaz detail, denoise, topaz, dodge and burn, levels and overlays.
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12/04/2010 11:29:33 AM · #12
Just a suggestion... you could update the image in your workshop, replacing the web-sized one with the original. This would give us a full-sized image to work on.
12/04/2010 11:53:26 AM · #13
Think Cory's Topazed one should do the trick.
12/04/2010 03:24:36 PM · #14
Originally posted by supanova:

Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

A bit of Godzilla...


Wow, thanks for that but I was looking for something that I might be able to print and put up on my lounge room wall!

Can you be a bit more supportive and helpful?

I am puzzled by your reaction. :(
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12/04/2010 03:39:36 PM · #15
I was going to give it a go, but Cory's result is above and beyond anything that I could produce.
I think you should go with that one. Its a great improvement to the original.
12/04/2010 04:03:38 PM · #16
Maybe you'll like this one?
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Hard with a small original.

Single image HDR in Photomatix
Curves (auto)
Curves again (darken)
Overlay layer (Dodge & Burn)
Crop

Message edited by author 2010-12-04 16:04:57.
12/04/2010 04:50:58 PM · #17
I had to see how Content Aware would do on that house. I selected it, deleted, and BAM, it was damn near perfect. There were just two small spots that took me two clicks to clean up. I would call this a Content Aware success story.

Photoshop CS5
Content aware to remove house roof
Topaz Adjust (Exposure Color Stretch preset with some added slider adjustments)
Slight levels adjustment to bring in the dark end
Sharpen
Topaz Denoise
Cloned a little to clean up the content aware that looked too obvious
Gradients from the edges to give a little vignette

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12/04/2010 05:02:26 PM · #18
looks like godzilla took a bite out of the trees..
12/04/2010 05:18:58 PM · #19
Sorry, I didnt mean for my previous comment to be on the narky side, it was meant in jest.

ARTROFL, thanks for your contribution, it did make me lol and it does look good on your wall but I fear it would not be complemented as well in my lounge room by my style of furniture!

On a more serious note, as much as I would love to work with photoshop, I only have GIMP to edit images so please be easy on me.

The original image is here as requested.

Thanks for all the comments, and sorry, I didnt mean to upset anyone, honestly x

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12/04/2010 05:23:02 PM · #20
can you post a full-res so we can take a decent shot at it?
12/04/2010 05:25:00 PM · #21
You can always download the trial of photoshop
12/04/2010 05:46:47 PM · #22
Here is my edit:
Open in photoshop raw adjust exposure, temperature, vibrance and saturation
open to photoshop
make a new layer
adjust curves to lighten foreground a touch
Erase over sky back to original
neat image to remove noise
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You can get older versions of photoshop elements for around $25-35. Do a google search for photoshop elements OEM. I got my photoshop element 7 for $35. It will be the best $35 you ever spend!
12/04/2010 07:09:48 PM · #23
I am impressed by what some folks can do with an image that is 80 pixels on the short leg.
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Message edited by author 2010-12-04 19:44:22.
12/04/2010 07:20:42 PM · #24
Originally posted by BrennanOB:

I am impressed by what some folks can do with an image that is 80 pixels on the short leg.


No kidding that 30x40 looks amazing on Ken's wall.
12/04/2010 07:58:48 PM · #25
Here's one that's overcooked to a T...

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